Diets

15 Reasons You Need To Eat Breakfast (and 10 Delicious Recipes)

You've heard it a million times - breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Countless studies have shown the health benefits of starting your day with a healthy, balanced meal. Not convinced? Check out these reasons why you and your kids should be eating breakfast:

Adults who eat breakfast are…

  • Eating more vitamins and minerals than those who don’t eat breakfast. 
  • Avoiding heart disease (according to Consumer Reports, a recent study says those who don’t eat breakfast are 27 percent more likely to develop heart disease). 
  • Controlling their weight better. 
  • Improving their memory and attention. 
  • Improving their reasoning, creativity, and learning. 
  • Eating less fat and cholesterol. 
  • Lowering their risk for type 2 diabetes. 
  • More physically active during the day.

Children who eat breakfast are…

  • Less likely to be overweight. 
  • More likely to behave better in school and get along with their peers. 
  • More likely to have higher math and reading scores. 
  • More apt to meet the daily nutrient requirements.
  • Missing fewer days of school. 
  • Having diets with less saturated fats. 
  • Improving their ability to pay attention, perform problem-solving tasks, and improve memory.

Sources: USDA; Mayo Clinic; American Academy of Pediatrics; Consumer Reports

10 Tasty Meat-free Breakfasts to Try Today

Chorizo y Papas Breakfast Burritos

Chorizo y Papas Breakfast Burritos
Yunhee Kim

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Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes

Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes
Photo by Kate Kosaya

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Maple Raisin Oatmeal

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Crispy Breakfast Bars

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Morning Muffins with Dried Fruit

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Breakfast Egg Nests

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Arugula-Ricotta Omelet for One

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Tempeh Bacon

Tempeh Bacon
Photo by Kate Kosaya

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Vegan Blueberry Muffins

Vegan Blueberry Muffins
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Tempeh and Potato Breakfast Patties

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